Mumbai: Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh, who was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in money laundering case and extortion case, will be produced before a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court on November 6 as his earlier custody ends today. Earlier in the day, the federal agency took him for a medical examination. Deshmukh was sent to their custody till November 6.
The ED is probing a money laundering case against Deshmukh, based on the FIR filed by the CBI in April 2021 alleging corruption and bribery by the then minister.
At the centre of a storm ever since Anil Deshmukh was accused by Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh of asking dismissed assistant inspector Sachin Vaze to collect Rs 100 crore from hotels and bars in Mumbai every month, a charge which the then state home minister had consistently denied.
The ED filed case against Deshmukh, who was earlier the home minister in the MVA government, and others came after the CBI booked him in the corruption case related to allegations of bribe made by former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh. The central agency had arrested Deshmukh’s personal assistant Kundan Shinde and personal secretary Sanjeev Palande under provisions of the PMLA. Palande is said to be a key witness in the case and was apparently privy to information regarding the alleged extortion and diversion of funds. The agency has conducted several raids in connection with the case.